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Telling COVID's story: At UN, leaders spin virus storylines

The subject: coronavirus. The status: urgent. The solutions: as diverse as the nations they lead. With the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly reduced to recorded speeches because of the pandemic, leaders are using this week as an opportunity to...

 

Vision 2020: Are the nation's voting systems secure?

Election Question: What steps have been taken to protect the nation's election systems from potential interference by foreign powers like Russia? Have voting systems been "hardened" in any way? Answer: Federal, state and local officials prioritized...

 

Election 2020 Today: Trump vs. science, Biden takes his time

Here's what's happening Wednesday in Election 2020, 41 days until Election Day: HOW TO VOTE: AP's state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election. TODAY'S TOP STORIES: TRUMP VILIFIES SCIENCE: With the nation's COVID-19 death...

 

Single-dose vaccine tested as US experts say no corners cut

WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose is getting underway as top U.S. health officials sought Wednesday to assure a skeptical Congress and public that they can trust any shots the...

 

Mars drops Uncle Ben's, reveals new name for rice brand

NEW YORK (AP) — The Uncle Ben's rice brand is getting a new name: Ben's Original. Parent firm Mars Inc. unveiled the change Wednesday for the 70-year-old brand, the latest company to drop a logo criticized as a racial stereotype. Packaging with...

 

Nearly 500 pilot whales stranded in Australia; 380 dead

HOBART, Australia (AP) — More pilot whales were found stranded in Australia on Wednesday, raising the estimated total to nearly 500, including 380 that have died, in the largest mass stranding ever recorded in the country. Authorities had already...

 

US government executes killer obsessed with witchcraft

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. government on Tuesday executed a former soldier who said an obsession with witchcraft led him to kill a Georgia nurse he believed had put a spell on him. William Emmett LeCroy, 50, was pronounced dead at 9:06 p.m....

 

House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sweeping bipartisan vote that takes a government shutdown off the table, the House passed a temporary government-wide funding bill Tuesday night, shortly after President Donald Trump prevailed in a behind-the-scenes fight ove...

 

Cindy McCain endorses Biden for president in rebuke of Trump

PHOENIX (AP) — Cindy McCain endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president Tuesday in a rebuke of President Donald Trump by the widow of the GOP's 2008 nominee. Trump has had a fraught relationship with members of John McCain's family since he...

 

Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To Sept. 25: Kelli Erisman Sept. 27: Vanessa Nailon Sept. 28: Donna Smith, Matt Bilyeu, Arlee Hope Reed Sept. 29: Zandi Rankin, Judy Smith Oct. 1: Zachary Craig, Christina Fisher Oct. 2: Nichole Costello, Chris Harris Oct. 3: Tera...

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To Sept. 25: Mr. & Mrs. Wade Walker Oct. 11: Mr. & Mrs. Rod Bradt Oct. 17: Mr. & Mrs. Kenny Smith, Mr. & Mrs. David West (Note: Send corrections, additions to: [email protected] or call 800-305-2111)...

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Sunday, Sept. 20, the order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude – Janell Reutlinger Announcements: We are on Facebook live at 11 a.m. Our Facebook page is Freedom United Methodist Church. Mark your calendars for...

 

New Woods County 4-H officers elected

The Woods County 4-H has seven newly elected county officers. Elections took place on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Woods County Fairgrounds. Jaydan Coffman from the Alva 4-H Club was elected as the Woods County 4-H president. The president’s main...

 

Lankford, Loeffler introduce act to bar biological males from girls' sports in public schools

WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Tom Cotton (R-AR) announced that they have introduced the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act, which would make it a...

 

Prison infections push rural towns into weekly coronavirus hotspots

Coronavirus infections at prisons in Vinita and McAlester pushed those areas into the top hotspots of the week in Oklahoma. Other large increases in active coronavirus cases came in Chickasha, Alva and several ZIP codes in the Oklahoma City area,...

 

Excise board approves two estimates of needs

The Woods County Excise Board held a special meeting Wednesday morning to approve two final estimates of needs for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Vice Chairman Chris Olson presided in the absence of Bob...

 

Hometown Hero Lewis M. Kamas

Lewis Melvin Kamas was born in Beaver County, Oklahoma, on October 24, 1921. At the tender age of 1, his parents decided to relocate. Not entirely sure where they wanted to go, they decided to start... Full story

 

Oklahoma health officials report increase in rabies

Health officials in Oklahoma report an increase in rabies in Oklahoma with 38 cases thus far in 2020 compared to an average of 36 per year during the previous four years. A rabid bat was found earlier this week near Bell Cow Lake in Chandler, about...

 

Norman City Council requires masks at indoor house parties

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Norman City Council voted to require that masks be worn indoors at house parties if more than 25 people are present to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the college town — a step that angry residents said would...

 

Report: Pilot trying to correct course when plane crashed

CHESTER, Ark. (AP) — The pilot of a small airplane that crashed earlier this month in Arkansas told air traffic controllers that he was trying to correct his course after the aircraft got caught in some wind, a preliminary report said. All four...

 

Mizzou's Drinkwitz: transparency trumps competitive edge

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz could have kept private the COVID-19 testing numbers within the Missouri football program. The new coach of the Tigers could have pleaded ignorance when it came to the number of positive results, or the amount...

 

Kansas soccer club leader sentenced in case involving player

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — The founder of a Johnson County soccer club was sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation for inappropriately touching a juvenile girl who he coached. Jason Cummins, 37, pleaded guilty in July to attempted aggravated...

 

Brown bear breaks into the Alaska Zoo, kills popular alpaca

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A wild brown bear tunneled under perimeter fencing and killed a popular alpaca at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, officials said Wednesday. It was killed a day later by wildlife officials. The bear had been hanging around the...

 

Deputies searching for man who stole cat blood from clinic

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A man caught on surveillance video is suspected of stealing cat blood from a veterinary clinic in Florida, sheriff's officials said. The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office posted pictures showing the man who walked up to...

 

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